8 May 2012

Fiji Red Cross flood help moves from relief to rehabilitation

12:26 pm on 8 May 2012

The Fiji Red Cross says it's moving from relief to rehabilitation in flood-hit areas around Nadi.

The organisation's local branch says it has assessed and helped about 15,000 people in 80 communities, with ten more still to be checked.

The branch president Dr Mohammed Yusun says it is aiming now to get communities to take on the responsibility for clearing up rather than relying on authorities and NGO's.

"We provide the equipment, we provide shovels and wheelbarrows. And we can organise them to at least clean up the drains, the stagnant water, clean up the debris, and all the rubbish and bury what's to be buried, and make sure their houses are clean."

Dr Mohammed Yunus of the Nadi branch of Fiji Red Cross